Salesforce.com introduces Database.com - cloud enterprise database built

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 08, 2010

Database.comSalesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, recently launched Database.com, the enterprise database built for the cloud. The website is open for use with any language, platform and device and enables developers to focus on building great applications instead of tuning, maintaining and scaling databases.

“We see cloud databases as a massive market opportunity that will power the shift to enterprise applications that are natively cloud, mobile and social,” commented Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. “For the first time, we are making Database.com, the database that is proven and trusted by our 87,000 customers, available as an open, stand-alone service to accelerate the creation of these new apps,” Benioff further added.

According to the company, Database.com will allow developers to spend their time building valuable applications instead of managing and maintaining database management systems and hardware.

Database.com is open, therefore, developers can write their applications in Java, C#, Ruby, PHP and other languages and can run their apps on platform like Force.com, VMforce, Amazon EC2, Google AppEngine, Heroku or Microsoft Azure.

The apps can run on any device, like an Android phone, Blackberry, iPad, or iPhone. iPhone and iPad app developers can write native iOS apps, while Android developers can write native Android apps using Java. Similarly, web developers can build apps on Amazon EC2 using PHP and Java developers can write an application that runs on VMforce and connects to Database.com.

Database.com has also received some of the most stringent security certifications in the industry, including ISO 27001, SAS 70 Type II and SysTrust, therefore, proven and secure, claims the company.

Database.com is currently scheduled to be generally available as a standalone service in 2011. It will be free to get started. Basic Database.com services, including database access, file storage and automatic administration. The company further informed that, the website will be available free for three users, and up to 100,000 records and 50,000 transactions/month; while beyond that $10/month for each set of 100,000 records will be charged; after this a sum of $10/month for each set of 150,000 transactions.

Database.com enterprise services will be priced at $10/user/month and include user identity, authentication and row-level security access controls.